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Town of Perpignan going all renewables

By 2015, the Mediterranean town of Perpignan, with a population of 200,000, hopes to source all its energy from renewables, according to a charter signed with French environment minister Jean-Louis Borloo. Aiming to become France's first energy positive city, Perpignan has also undertaken to cut its energy consumption. To achieve the aims, part of the plan includes 120 MW of wind capacity, which will form the key component of a 135 MW Ecoparc to also feature solar and biomass technologies. The 40, 3 MW turbines will not be installed until 2010 at the earliest. The Ecoparc is estimated to meet 75% of the city's non-industrial energy needs. The city's authorities are also considering how to meet industrial demand, totalling 300,000 kWh a year. Up to 70% of this demand, it hopes, could be met by wind power.

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